The Great British high-street is defined as the main street of a town – the traditional site for most shops, banks, and other businesses.
But isn’t it much more than that? Isn’t it a place where communities come together, where residents frequent daily, where businesses small and large can interact with their customers, where communities rally on occasions of celebration or commiseration?
At The Co-op we’re all about strengthening the community spirit of our high streets; from planting flower beds to baking hundreds of cakes or washing cars for fundraising; our colleagues and members love to get involved!
Great British High Street Awards
The Great British High Street Awards really capture everything that is wonderful about our local high streets, and this year one of the finalists could also walk away with another title – The most Co-operative street in the UK. For Pitshanger Lane in Ealing is home to not one, but three Co-operative businesses. Nestled among their 50 independent traders are two Co-operative Food stores and one Co-operative Funeralcare home.
The Co-op has a longstanding history on Pitshanger Lane – the first store opened not long after the local co-op housing estate was built. In fact local legend and tennis champion Fred Perry worked full-time in the Co-operative Wholesale Society tea department until 1930, while he trained at the local sports club.
Fast forward to today and the local residents are rallying together in the hopes they are awarded with the crown of Best British High Street, later this year. You can follow their campaign on Twitter via #Pitshanger or #GBHighSt.
The Most Co-operative Street
So we want to know – does Pitshanger also deserve the title of the most Co-operative High Street in the UK? Or is your local high street more deserving?
Tweet us @TheCooperative and let us know!